Green Burials

Grieving Santa Rosa Family Reclaims Old Ways, Brings Son’s Body Home to Say Good-bye


When Carl Hamilton got the news that every parent dreads, his fatherly instinct kicked in. His son Chris was lying alone at the Sonoma County Coroner’s Office, the victim of a middle-of-the-night car crash. Against all modern convention, Hamilton decided he ...

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Tennessee 'Natural' Burial Ground Will Offer A Simpler Farewell — Casket Optional

Larkspur Conservation in Sumner County, Tenn., is a beautiful, parklike setting, with hiking trails and picnic areas and, soon, occasional burial plots. The 112 acres of serene rolling hills are protected by a conservation easement through the Nature Conservancy. Larkspur's founders hope it will offer families a greener — and ...

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Don't Burn Your Body When You're Dead: Dissolving Yourself Is Much More Eco-Friendly

Liquifying a body is cleaner and greener than traditional burials and cremation.

By Robin Scher / AlterNet January 25, 2018, 8:30 PM GMT

There are many ways to embark on the journey to the great beyond. One popular custom is the coffin burial. Or rather it was, until ...

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Burial Practices That Nourish the Earth

In this TedMed Talk by Caitlin Doughty (Ask a Mortician), she dives into greener death practices that nourish our earth.

Practices like composting of the dead and natural burials on conservational burial grounds. You will also learn about the affects of cremation, how green it is, and America's current death-care ...

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Alternatives to Embalming

Embalming is not the only means of temporarily preserving a body prior to burial or cremation. In fact, the United States and Canada are the only countries in which embalming is still considered common practice, with countries such as Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Luxembourg, and Scandinavia having banned it years ago. If you are ...

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Eco-Friendly Casket Guide

A Guide to Eco-Friendly Caskets, Shrouds, and Urns

The concept of a “green funeral” has become an intriguing option as consumers consider how they can be more environmentally-friendly when planning a funeral. More specifically, green caskets or eco-friendly caskets have become more widely available, giving consumers an alternative to ...

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VIDEO: Everything You Need to Know About The Good Death

The Good Death | Dying on Your Own Terms

Irina Jordan, founder of Artisurn talks about the "good death" and all that it entails on this TEDX Talk. From green burials, to home funerals to death doulas, to death with dignity laws, Irina neatly sums up all the good ways to ...

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Burial Pods – How Environmentally Friendly Are They?

An Op-Ed on the Burial Pods aka Capsula Mundi

The appeal of green burials (aka "natural burials") in the USA and Canada, with its values rooted in sustainability and environmental consciousness has gained increased attention in recent years. Of course green burial practices have been in place for centuries ...

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Baby Boomers Planning Ahead, and Green Burials are On the Rise

Jay Castaño knows exactly what his funeral will be like.

A few days after he dies, friends and family will gather in Southeast Washington, say a few kind words and put his unembalmed body straight into the Earth.

“I want to be wrapped in a shroud like a little burrito ...

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Green Funerals - With Death Comes Life

We are all individuals and we are entitled to our own varying beliefs in this life. There are so many things we can believe in, and so many factors affecting our perception of life and death. With so many beliefs, however, there is one constant we could all agree upon ...

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